High Line Unveiled

Ten years after it was conceived, the elevated park known as the High Line was unveiled today. Abandoned three decades ago as an industrial rail line, the new park sits 30-feet above the street and snakes from Gansevoort Street in the West Village up to 20th Street. Robert Hammond is a co-founder of Friends of the High Line, and says the park isn't just meant for the high-flyers of the Meatpacking District.

People think of this as a very fancy neighborhood, but there's two large public housing developments in here, so 90 percent of the kids in schools here are on a lunch program, and that's one of the things: we want this park to be for them, for it to be really for everyone.

The project cost $172 million, including $20 million in federal funding, and $112 million coming from the city, with $40 million privately raised. The High Line opens to the public tomorrow.

The High Line is 10 years in the making. Entrance at Gansevoort.
The High Line is 10 years in the making. Entrance at Gansevoort.
The park will eventually be 1.5 miles long.
The park will eventually be 1.5 miles long.
Designers went for an untamed horticultural aesthetic.
Designers went for an untamed horticultural aesthetic.
The Standard Hotel straddles the park at 13th Street.
The Standard Hotel straddles the park at 13th Street.
It is 30 feet above the boutiques in the Meatpacking District.
It is 30 feet above the boutiques in the Meatpacking District.
Passersby frolic in a wading pool.
Passersby frolic in a wading pool.
Relieving their sweaty feet in the cool waters.
Relieving their sweaty feet in the cool waters.
700 panels of glass reflect the colors of the Hudson.
700 panels of glass reflect the colors of the Hudson.
The River That Flows Both Ways
The River That Flows Both Ways
The River That Flows Both Ways
The River That Flows Both Ways
The River That Flows Both Ways
The River That Flows Both Ways
High Line cofounders Joshua David (speaking) and Robert Hammond (L)
High Line cofounders Joshua David (speaking) and Robert Hammond (L)
The mega-elan: High Line booster Diane von Furstenberg.
The mega-elan: High Line booster Diane von Furstenberg.
Kick back in the lounge chairs and take in the sun.
Kick back in the lounge chairs and take in the sun.
But stay off the weeds.
But stay off the weeds.
Strolling through the urban jungle.
Strolling through the urban jungle.
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